5 Perfectly Natural Ways to Soothe your Anxiety

Tried and true methods to go from tense to tranquil

Jul 20, 2017
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Sometimes it’s the job. Other times it’s a friend, or your family. Maybe money or your health are causing your anxiety. Whatever it is, the stress is draining your energy and dimming your light, and it’s time to do something about it! While medication can be helpful for many, it’s not the right avenue for everyone. If you notice you’re feeling tense all throughout your body, are having trouble sleeping, or your mind is always racing, these all-natural remedies will put your mind at ease.

1. DRINK SOME CHAMOMILE TEA

Chamomile contains apigenin and luteolin, two chemicals that help you relax. A study by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center found that taking chamomile supplements for eight weeks can decrease anxiety. Of course, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can also reap the benefits of chamomile by sipping on a cup of tea.   

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2. DO SOME DEEP BREATHING EXERCISES

At times, anxiety can become paralyzing. Taking a few long deep breaths until your lungs and stomach fill up with air is a great way to combat tension. When it feels as though your stress is piling up, and you’re sweating, shaking, or even on the verge of a panic attack, these deep breathing exercises can calm you down and help you find your center.

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3. EXERCISE

Whether you prefer to speed walk, run, practice yoga, or hit the gym for a boxing session, exercise is a proven way to reduce anxiety. Getting physical pumps your body with endorphins and distracts you (or even gives you clarity) from your aggravations. Just remember to begin at a starting point that’s comfortable and consult a doctor if you’re significantly increasing your activity.

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4. TAKE A LONG SHOWER (OR BETTER YET, A HOT BATH)

One group of researches discovered that exposing your body to heat can positively affect neural circuits that affect your mood. “Sensations of 'warmth' may alter neural circuits controlling cognitive function and mood, including serotonergic circuits, in addition to those directly involved in thermoregulatory cooling.” Treat yourself to a bath at the end of an especially long day--you’ll feel calmer and more relaxed.

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5. GIVE AROMATHERAPY A ‘GO’

Aromatherapy uses essential oils as a tool to rejuvenate the mind and body. You can add oils your bath or breathe them in through a diffuser. Depending on which scents you choose, aromatherapy can help with relaxation, sleep, and serve as a coping mechanism for stress. Try using lavender, sage, or bergamot when you’re in need of a boost.

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REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning about people doing good in the world. She especially loves writing about wellness, personal growth, and relationships.

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